(2005) dir. Uwe Boll
I can’t remember the last time I watched a Christian Slater film. Really, how long has it been? My curiosity got the better of me with this very low-quality adaptation of a video game into a horror/action film because it was so roundly panned and director, Uwe Boll, was even referred to as the modern potential Ed Wood, Jr. That with star Slater and co-star Tara Reid as a scientist, I knew this might be worth a look.
I don’t play video games, so I am unfamiliar with the “source material” for this film, so I just have to treat it as a film narrative and know where it came from. It doesn’t really matter. All I can say is that it makes Resident Evil (2002), another adaptation of action/horror video games, look pretty polished.
Alone in the Dark starts of with a narrative “scroll” that tells a pretty long and detailed backstory, so much so that you’re pretty confused from the word “go”. It’s this crazy native American lost society unleashing some Lovecraftian evil beasts, with some crazy government agency for paranormality that operates like some high end SWAT team. There is too much to tell and huge jumps in logic and the whole thing is pretty ridiculous. It’s almost great in its badness, but not utterly fulfilling in that regard.
The other notable thing about this film is the movie poster which is a H.R. Giger-inspired abstraction of an x-ray-lookin’ thing. It really doesn’t have anything to do with the movie except that the creatures clearly owe their inspiration to the aliens of Alien (1979).